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Top Photo Printers by Consumer Reviewers

If you print a lot of photos and want to have more fun by doing it at home, having the best photo printer is a must. In the long run, it is more cost-effective as it equates to lower per print cost. Several multifunction printers can print high-quality pictures, in addition to documents, but a dedicated photo printer is your best bet for longer-lasting and more vibrant photos. Here at IntelliReview, we make it easier for you to find by giving you a list of the top photo printers. We come up with our list by searching the Internet and looking at many reviews from various websites. We raise the ranking of any products that have a great amount of positive reviews and we lower the ranking of those with a low number of reviews and a huge amount of extremely negative reviews. Doing this allows us to form a list of photo printers that are highly regarded by most consumers. Browsing this list below, you are going to find that it is easy to choose the best printer no matter why and where you are planning to use it. From dedicated photo printers to multi-function printers that can print photos with stunning color and clarity, we have the best available.

Ranking Updated: June 2014
  1. Photo printers are specially designed to print images at high resolutions in order to get the best print quality. They have additional ink color tanks that allow them to reproduce color range better than ordinary printers do.
  2. Connection choices found in photo printers range from media slots, PictBridge connections, Infrared and Bluetooth, wired and wireless Ethernet, and even traditional USB.
  3. Most photo printer have a small LCD screen that allows you to visually inspect the images you are printing, as well as perform quick touch-ups using basic imaging software without having to connect to a computer.
  4. Some photo printers also double as all-in-ones and offer a lot of functionality and space savings.
  • Canon PIXMA MG5420 All-in-One Inkjet Printer (10 ipm, 9600x2400 DPI, Color, Wi-Fi, PC/Mac)

    Pros: High quality output, Simple to operate, Can print disc labels, Supports duplex and mobile printing
    Cons: No automatic document feeder, Limited paper handling

    Review: A good picture is just one part of the story. A photo printer that is capable of giving life to these pictures is another. The Canon PIXMA MG5420 is easily one of these printers, delivering top-quality, stunning prints and texts. Featuring 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi and ChromaLife100+, users would see the notable difference between its output and that of other printers. Amazing detail is to be expected. Speed is also one of the MG5420’s strongest points, able to print a 4" x 6" borderless photo in just 20 seconds and documents at 15.0 images per minute for black and 10.0 images per minute for color. The Canon PIXMA MG5420 has a Scroll Wheel and a 3.0" LCD for a speedy operation. Quick Start even reduces start-up time substantially. The printer features two-sided printing but since it lacks an automatic document printer, this may mean that duplex printing is pretty manual and time-consuming. The MG5420 can hold 125 Sheets, making it ideal only for light use. On the other hand, its design and overall measurements are both great for home and cramped settings. Since it is a wireless printer, a separate USB cable might be needed if you still have plans to go wired. In terms of operating system compatibility, it works well with Windows 8, RT, 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X v10.5.8, 10.6 and 10.7. iPad, iPhone or iPod touch owners, Android users and digital camera owners would be glad that the printer supports AirPrint, Mobile printing and PictBridge for printing photos off your devices in just a few clicks and without the need for a PC. There’s a great number of programs, designed to enhance usability and ease of use, starting from My Image Garden which puts your organizational skills into good use, Full HD Movie Print software that allows you to print scenes from your video clips, Auto Photo Fix II for simple photo editing or correction, Fun Filter Effects for entertaining prints and Easy-WebPrint EX for printing web pages easily. Printing CD and DVD labels is likewise possible and a piece of cake to do after program installation.

  • Epson Artisan 1430 Inkjet Printer - Color - 5760 x 1440 dpi Print - Photo/Disc Print - Desktop (2.8 ppm Mono Print / 2.8 ppm Color Print ISO - 46 Second Photo - 120 sheets Input - Wireless LAN - USB - PictBridge)

    Pros: Pro-quality prints, Wide format, Prints on CDs/DVDs, Reasonable print speeds, Easy setup
    Cons: Large footprint, Does not include a USB cable

    Review: Enjoy pro-quality prints, up to 13" x 19", and total flexibility that you can only get with wireless using the Epson Artisan 1430. Set-up is extremely fast and easy when paired with a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) capable router, and the printer’s Claria 6-color ink plus Epson's premium line of papers brings out the best color and the highest print quality from your printer, regardless of the paper size. The printer handles large paper sizes and can print on envelopes and on inkjet printable CDs and DVDs too. Its input tray holds up to 100 sheets of plain paper and accepts No. 10 envelopes. Through Epson Connect, users can print straight from their iOS devices or other mobile devices. A PictBridge port also permits direct connection of your cameras or phones. The Artisan 1430’s print speeds are not the fastest but are quite reasonable at 2.8 ISO ppm for both black and color. Printing 13" x 19", 11" x 14", 8" x 10" and 4" x 6" borderless photos will take 3min, 2 min 53 sec, 1 min 51 sec and 46 sec, respectively. Image enhancement tools and an Adobe Photoshop Elements software are provided for hassle-free photo editing or photo correction. The Artisan 1430 comes complete with the CD-ROM containing the necessary drivers and software for both Windows and Mac, a power cord, an Adobe Photoshop Elements DVD, a One-year limited warranty and six individual inks consist of a Black High-capacity ink cartridge (T079120). A Cyan High-capacity ink cartridge (T079220), a Magenta High-capacity ink cartridge (T079320), a Yellow High-capacity ink cartridge (T079420), a Light Cyan High-capacity ink cartridge (T079520) and a Light Magenta High-capacity ink cartridge (T079620). All it lacks is a USB cable but buying one as an additional accessory is possible. The printer is a beast, in terms of both its size and printing capability. Its total size of 24.3" x 31.4" x 16.3" (W x D x H) demands considerable desk space but is typical of wide format printers. The control panel on top of the unit allows easy access while its minimal buttons simplify operation. The Epson Artisan 1430, with its impressive print quality, enables you to keep printing in confidence. Wireless also means that you can conveniently print and share from virtually anywhere in your home or office and no longer have to be tethered to your printer.

  • Epson Artisan 50 Inkjet Photo Printer (Color - 37 ppm Mono - 38 ppm Color - 11 Second Photo - 5760 x 1440 dpi - USB - PC, Mac)

    Pros: Easy to set up and use, Separate ink tanks, High quality output
    Cons: Ink cartridges are pricey, No LCD display and USB cable

    Review: The Epson Artisan 50 is a fairly priced printer that can produce crisp, fade-resistant photos and print on printable CDs/DVDs at the same time. It utilizes 6-color Claria Hi-Definition dye ink which greatly extends the life of your prints. The 6 individual ink cartridges also enable you to control your ink usage by allowing you to replace only a single color and not the entire ink cartridge. The ink cartridges are a little on the pricey side but it ensure longer lasting and stunning images. Whether you want to print on glossy, semi-glossy or matte paper, you can throw all your worries away as this photo printer does its job well, regardless of the paper type. It can accommodate up to 8.5" x 44" plain paper and various borderless sizes including 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10" and 8.5" x 11". It also features Manual 2-sided printing and Auto Photo Correction with red-eye removal. The input tray has a 120-sheet plain paper capacity and it can also hold up to 20 sheets of Premium Photo Paper Glossy. With ISO print speeds of 4.8 ppm black, 5 ppm color and 11 seconds for 4" x 6" Borderless Photo, speed is relatively faster than other photo printers in the same price range. Setting up the Epson Artisan 50 is a cinch to do. However, it doesn't come with a USB cable so you need to purchase one separately as it is required for installation. As for compatibility, there should be no issues because it supports major operating systems including Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows 2000 and Mac OS X 10.3.9, 10.4.11, 10.5.x and 10.6.x. Overall, it is ideal for those who are looking for an efficient printer for home or office use. Its high quality output and excellent functionality make up for its lack of LCD display and USB cable.

  • Canon PIXMA iP100 Inkjet Printer - Color - 9600 x 2400 dpi Print - Photo Print - Portable (20 ppm Mono / 14 ppm Color Print - 50 Second Photo - 100 sheets Input - USB - PictBridge)

    Pros: Small size makes it perfect for travel, High quality prints
    Cons: Bluetooth requires a separate adapter, No Wi-Fi capability

    Review: The biggest advantage of the Canon Pixma IP100 is its high compatibility with the mobile lifestyle. The extremely compact form factor of this printer, which is about the size of a notebook PC, means that it's very easy to slip into your laptop bag for on-the-go printing. The folding paper tray holds 50 sheets of paper and the print head system is based on the patented nozzle technology that delivers a high-speed (20 pages a minute for black, 14 for color) and high resolution (600 X 600 DPI black, 9600 X 2400 color) printout. The specific type of cartridge that it uses has the nozzles built into the cartridge body, so it's recommended to stock up on ink if you expect to go somewhere where that particular cartridge may be hard to find. The printer offers two ways to save on ink, though: By reducing the amount of black ink and by printing in a composite of the three other colors to form black. It also has a basic color correction function if you need one. For a mobile printer, the Canon Pixma IP100 inkjet printer does not offer the current standard for wireless connectivity, 802.11. Rather, it uses a USB connection to connect to a computer. Working with media stored on memory cards may be a problem too as it does not have compatible ports for those. It does have a PictBridge connection for digital cameras, though. A Bluetooth interface is available but a separate adapter is needed to access that feature. We would have liked that instead of the available IrDA (infrared) capability, as the former is much more common on mobile devices nowadays. Finally, the IP100 runs on AC power but a DC backup power brick is also available.

  • Epson Stylus R2880 Photo Printer (Color - 96 Second Photo - 5760 x 1440 dpi - USB, PictBridge - PC, Mac)
  • Epson Expression Photo XP-850 All-in-One Inkjet Printer (9.5 PPM, 5760x1440 DPI, Color, Wi-Fi, PC/Mac)
  • Canon PIXMA MG4220 Inkjet Multifunction Printer - Color - Photo Print - Desktop (Copier/Printer/Scanner - 9.9 ipm Mono/5.7 ipm Color Print ISO - 44 Second Photo - 4800 x 1200 dpi Print LCD - 1200 dpi Optical Scan - 100 sheets Input - Wireless LAN - USB)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Inkjet Printer - Color - 4800 x 2400 dpi Print - Photo/Disc Print - Desktop (130 Second Photo - 170 sheets Input - Ethernet - USB - PictBridge)
  • Canon PIXMA MX392 Inkjet Multifunction Printer - Color - Photo Print - Desktop (Copier/Fax/Printer/Scanner - 8.7 ipm Mono/5 ipm Color Print ISO - 46 Second Photo - 4800 x 1200 dpi Print ipm Mono/4 ipm Color Copy ISO LCD - 1200 dpi Optical Scan - Automatic)
  • Epson PictureMate PM300 Inkjet Printer - 5760 x 1440 dpi Print - Photo Print - Portable (37 Second Photo - 20 sheets Input - LCD - USB - PictBridge)

    Pros: Compact, Simple set-up, Large screen, Brilliant print quality
    Cons: Depends solely on the supplied remote

    Review: Functioning as a photo printer and a digital frame in one, Epson's PictureMate PM300 is a major step forward if you've always wanted to turn your home into your own photo lab. The biggest benefit of this compact printer is that you can print photos straight from your digital cameras, flash drives or memory cards without the need for a computer. Purchasing an optional Bluetooth adapter for wireless printing is likewise possible. You'd be amazed with the printer's versatility, allowing you to print in multiple sizes from 0.3" x 0.3" to 4" x 6". It produces smudge-, fade- and water-resistant prints, making it a great gift for those who are fond of making scrapbooks. Viewing, cropping and editing your photos are made simpler by its 7" widescreen high-resolution display which also acts as the PM300's digital frame. This makes it a conversation piece as it greatly enhances the printer's functionality by letting you showcase all your favorite photos when you're done printing. A large 270MB internal memory enables you to store a good number of photos and twelve slideshow options are available for easy customizability. Along with the PM300, you'd also get a paper and starter photo cartridge enough to print 20 4" x 6" photos. In terms of set-up, it can be done without difficulty. The remote control comes with batteries and is a joy to use. Perhaps, the main drawback of the printer is that it depends completely on the remote. With that in mind, you can think of this as an advanced warning not to lose the remote. The cutting edge design of the Epson PictureMate PM300 is unlike any other we've ever seen. It combines two functions in one powerful device. The quality of the prints is superb, courtesy of the printer's Advanced MicroPiezo printing technology and 5760 x 1440 dpi maximum resolution. In contrast with the previous PictureMate, the PM300's screen is definitely larger compared to the PM225's 2.5" color photo screen. On the other hand, we applaud the PM225's battery option which allows you to use rechargeable batteries and print even if you don't have a socket nearby. So if you are on the verge of upgrading, you might want to know that Epson omitted this feature on the newer PM300.